TAKE ACTION – Kashmir
On August 5, 2019, the Indian government issued an order to revoke Article 370 that guarantees Kashmir autonomy over most of its administrative affairs. Under the false pretext of national security, the Indian government deployed 40,000-armed soldiers to join the already 700,000 military personnel stationed in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir is already one of the most militarized regions on the planet.
The Modi government’s unilateral actions could set the stage for heightened conflict – with Kashmiri political leaders and activists detained or placed under house arrest, public meetings banned, communications cut off, and reports of abuse and torture mounting. These actions undermine the fundamental rights of Kashmiris to live in peace and dignity. India cannot claim to be both the world’s largest democracy and a country that violently strips people of their right to self-determination.